The Resource Social creature : a novel, Tara Isabella Burton

Social creature : a novel, Tara Isabella Burton

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Social creature : a novel
Title
Social creature
Title remainder
a novel
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Tara Isabella Burton
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eng
Summary
  • "A sharp, biting, and irresistible debut about parties and ambition in New York City--introducing a talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, with all the glitz and grit of Bright Lights, Big City. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Louise Wilson is an expert at just barely making it. She's mastered the tricks and shortcuts that a penniless small-town girl needs to survive in New York City. When she meets the beautiful, wealthy, eccentric, and aimless Lavinia Williams, she thinks her dreams of a cosmopolitan existence may be coming true. Lavinia introduces her to a rarified life of beauty and indulgence: private opera boxes, secret bookstores in brownstones, Shakespearean masked balls, underground cabarets, closets full of hundreds of dresses, and the finest champagne money can buy. The more Louise tastes, the more she wants. Could she ever truly be a part of this world? She can speak with the right affectation, wear the best makeup, drop the appropriate references, but she is always afraid people can see her true nature, which is darker than anyone can imagine. She finds herself haunted by the disparity between them. Lavinia has so much, and Louise so little, despite her yearning. Nightlife--the music, the buzz, the dim lights--is the great equalizer. But morning always comes, and Louise will do whatever it takes to keep the party going. This delicious debut takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it undeniably modern"--
  • "Part THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, part Bret Easton Ellis's THE RULES OF ATTRACTION, about a small-town girl trying to survive in New York and become part of the city's literati, who forms an intense friendship with a troubled socialite, leading to extreme consequences"--
  • Louise Wilson mastered the tricks and shortcuts that a penniless small-town girl needs to survive in New York City. When she meets the beautiful, wealthy, eccentric, and aimless Lavinia Williams, she thinks her dreams of a cosmopolitan existence may be coming true. Lavinia introduces her to a rarified life of beauty and indulgence: private opera boxes, closets full of hundreds of dresses, and the finest champagne money can buy. The more Louise tastes, the more she wants. She finds herself haunted by the disparity between them, but will do whatever it takes to keep the party going
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  • Louise Wilson, who wants to write but instead works three jobs and still struggles to make rent on her Brooklyn studio, leads a lonely life before she meets Lavinia Williams. When Lavinia, an aspiring writer who can afford to be one, hires Louise to tutor her younger sister, who needs no help, the two hit it off. Beginning on New Year’s 2015, Lavinia ushers Louise into her glamorous and debauched New York life. They end their nights at dawn, reciting poetry as they promised they would with their new, matching tattoos (“MORE POETRY!!!”). It’s quickly clear that Lavinia has polished a dusty, lost soul into a sparkling best friend before, and things didn’t end well. The narrator soon addresses the reader—a recurring device—to reveal that Lavinia will soon die. This fast-paced, stylish, dialogue- and character-driven debut from journalist and scholar Burton will definitively ensnare readers. Diabolically playing on what we think we know about others and what we reveal about ourselves in the social-media age, it will give readers the creeps, too. -- Bostrom, Annie (Reviewed 5/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 18, p24)
  • /* Starred Review */ Fans of the cult classic Poison Ivy will appreciate the mousy girl–wild girl dynamic on display in Burton’s fiendishly clever debut. At 29, insecure Louise Wilson is a would-be writer living in fear of the dictum, “if you haven’t made it in New York by 30, you never will.” All that changes when she meets 23-year-old socialite Lavinia Williams, who seems to be channeling the free spirit of the late Zelda Fitzgerald (with flapper dresses to match). Larger-than-life Lavinia takes Louise under her wing and introduces her new bestie to a Manhattan she never knew existed, including parties in haunted hotels and secret bookstores and people with names like Beowulf Marmont and Athena Maidenhead, all the while dressing as if for a costume ball that never ends. Only later does Louise experience the hateful, spiteful, jealous side of Lavinia’s personality in what becomes an ingenious dark thriller in the Patricia Highsmith Tom Ripley mode. Louise and Lavinia are bold, brilliant characters. This devious, satisfying novel perfectly captures a very narrow slice of the Manhattan demimonde. Agent: Emma Parry, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (June)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 04/16/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 16, p)
  • New York City, where aspiring writers come to make it big, parties with socialites are frequent, and obsession looms, is the setting for this debut psychological thriller. While tutoring Cordelia for her SATs, ambitious Louise from small-town nowhere connects with her pupil's older sister, Lavinia, who has taken a year off from Yale to find herself in the big city while being bankrolled by her wealthy parents. Lavinia is the life of every party and has a knack for attracting people. When an opportunity arises for Louise to live rent free with Lavinia, leading to social gatherings and connections she would otherwise not have experienced, Louise becomes enamored of her roommate's seemingly carefree life, but over time, picking up bar tabs, staying out all night and then missing work the next morning, and a budding clandestine romance with Lavinia's ex-boyfriend, Rex, strains the girls' relationship. As the situation boils over, Louise is presented with a dangerous option to live the way she desires. VERDICT When the shocking plot twist arrives, readers will be glued to this contemporary take on Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.] --David Miller (Reviewed 05/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 8, p49)
  • /* Starred Review */ A calculating introvert latches onto a needy extrovert in this dark, stylish debut. Louise Wilson is a frumpy, friendless 29-year-old working three jobs and sleeping in an illegal sublet in a nontrendy part of Brooklyn when she meets Lavinia Williams—a wealthy, vivacious 23-year-old "on a sabbatical" from Yale, whose existence seems optimized for Facebook and Instagram. After the dazzling young woman brings Louise to a debauched New Year's Eve bash, Louise resolves to remain in Lavinia's orbit at all costs. To the dismay of her employers and the detriment of her bank account, Louise begins shirking her responsibilities in order to satisfy Lavinia's every whim. Her sacrifices are initially worth the spoils—Lavinia invites Louise to move in with her, and the two spend every waking moment living to excess—but then the capricious socialite decides it's time to find a new companion, forcing Louise to take desperate measures. Louise's story unfolds in the present tense via an omniscient narrator. The structure heightens apprehension and uncertainty while the storyteller's dry wit, keen observations, and gossipy tone promote the reader from detached observer to complicit confidant. Burton's exceptional character work further elevates the tale; every individual is both victim and villain, imbuing their interactions with oceans of emotional subtext and creating conflict that propels the book toward its shocking yet inevitable conclusion. Religion and culture writer Burton's first foray into long-form fiction is at once a thrilling and provocative crime novel, a devastating exploration of female insecurity, and a scathing indictment of society's obsession with social media. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2018)
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Burton, Tara Isabella
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3602.U77275
LC item number
S63 2018
Literary form
fiction
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  • Young women
  • Envy
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Women murderers
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Envy
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Envy
  • Women murderers
  • Young women
  • New York (State)
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Social creature : a novel, Tara Isabella Burton
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25 cm
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First edition.
Extent
273 pages
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9780385543521
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2017046955
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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Social creature : a novel, Tara Isabella Burton
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1002289534
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
273 pages
Isbn
9780385543521
Lccn
2017046955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028529213
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1002289534

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